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MAECI Scholarships

Grants for foreign citizens and Italian citizens living abroad awarded by the Italian government
Call for applications for the academic year 2019-2020
Deadline 30th of May 2019

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) offers grants in favor of foreign citizens not residing in Italy* and Italian citizens living abroad (IRE)** for the academic year 2019-2020 in order to foster international cultural, scientific and technological cooperation, to promote Italian language and culture and to support Italy’s economic system in the world (According to Law 288/55 and its subsequent changes and additions).

The grants are only available to attend academic courses in Italy.

The list of eligible foreign countries can be found on the website Study in Italy.

Grants opportunities

Grants for Master’s Degree courses are awarded for a period of study of 6 (six) or 9 (nine) months.

Admission to the first year of a Master’s Degree course in Italy requires the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in the applicants’ country of origin; admission to the second year is granted to applicants upon evidence to be on track with their first year studies.


Applicants who will meet the following requirements by the deadline of this call (May 30th, 2019, 2 p.m. C.E.T.) may apply for a grant.

2.1 Academic qualifications

Applications must only be submitted by foreign students not residing in Italy* and by Italian citizens living abroad (IRE)** holding an appropriate academic qualification required to enroll to the Italian University/Institute (more information on: https://studyinitaly.esteri.it/en/Recognition-of-qualification).

2.2 Age requirements

Applicants for Master’s Degree/Higher Education in Arts, Music, and Dance (AFAM) Programmes/ Italian Language and Culture Courses should not be over 28 years old by the deadline of this call (May 30th, 2019), with the sole exception of renewals.

2.3 Language proficiencyn - English-taught courses

In this case applicants must provide a language certificate of their proficiency in English Language. The minimum level required is B2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Proof of proficiency in Italian is not required for courses entirely taught in English.

Self-certification may be valid for candidates from countries where English is an official language and who are applying for courses held entirely in English.

Funding period and submission of application

Grants are awarded for a period of study from January 1st, 2020 to October 31st, 2020.

For renewals only, grants may be awarded for a period of study from November 1st, 2019 to October 31st 2020.

Applicants must complete and submit the online application form available upon registration at the following link:


Click here to access the registration form

We recommend choosing a frequently used email address; subsequent communications will be sent to the chosen address.

Applications must be submitted by 2 pm C.E.T. May 30th, 2019. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Selection and awarding of grants

Applications will be evaluated by a Committee set up by the Italian Diplomatic Mission accredited in the applicant’s country of origin.

Syrian applicants will be selected by a Committee established by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (DGSP – Office VII).

Grants will be awarded on the basis of a comparative assessment of applications according to the entry requirements and other criteria related to applicant’s cv.

The relevant Diplomatic Mission will publish the list of grantees as well as a list of the best excluded, if any.

Terms of grant

Grantees may be exempted from the payment of enrollment and tuition fees depending on the policy of each University.

Grantees will be covered by a health and medical/accident insurance contracted by MAECI for the entire duration of the grant. Insurance coverage will not apply to events derived from pre-existing physical and pathological conditions.

Grantees will receive a 900 Euros monthly allowance on a quarterly basis, which will be paid on their Italian bank account.

The first installment of the grant can be received only after the completion of University enrollment and the submission of all the documents requested according to the necessary administrative procedures.

The MAECI will begin the disbursment procedures at the end of each quarter. Individual payments will therefore commence after that period.

The last installment of the grant will be paid only upon verification of satisfactory academic progress.

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